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8 Great Linux Routers, from SOHO to Enterprise - page 2

A Feast of Linux-Based Routers

  • May 3, 2010
  • By Eric Geier

Talisman Sveasoft

Sveasoft offers a wireless router firmware replacement, currently called Talisman, similar to DD-WRT. When scouring the net, you might find some controversy about Sveasoft charging for access to their Linux-based software. Right now, Sveasoft charges a $25-per-year subscription in order to download their firmware files. In addition to the basic firmware, they offer a VPN version with IPSec support and a mesh networking version.

Tomato Firmware

Tomato is yet another firmware replacement for off-the-shelf wireless routers. Its similar to Talisman and DD-WRT but doesn't include all the same features. Its a bit smaller, leaner, and simpler. It offers bandwidth traffic monitoring, different wireless modes, QoS, and site survey. Like DD-WRT its firmware and source is freely available.


Vyatta touts itself as a cheaper and open source alternative to Cisco, targeted for enterprise-level networks. The router operating system offers all the core LAN services: NAT, routing, firewall, VPN, and QoS. They provide their core open source product for free with documentation. The subscriptions offer additional features, commercial add-ons, and commercial support.


CoovaAP is a an OpenWRT-based firmware replace for wireless routers, specifically designed for Wi-Fi hotspots. It includes the CoovaChilli access controller, an embedded captive portal, and features bandwidth traffic shaping. It supports a variety of configurations, such as free access with Terms of Service acknowledgment and even commercial or paid access.

You can also find tutorials I've written covering CoovaAP on LinuxPlanet.

Eric Geier is the Founder and CEO of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi with enterprise-level encryption by offering a hosted RADIUS/802.1X authentication service. He is also the author of many networking and computing books for brands like For Dummies and Cisco Press.

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